The Centre on the Death Penalty at the National Law University Delhi was set up in August 2014 following the Death Penalty Research Project undertaken by the University since July 2013 in collaboration with the National Legal Services Authority and undertakes litigation, research and outreach relating to the death penalty and also provides pro bono legal assistance to several prisoners sentenced to death across the country.

The current research establishes that a large number of prisoners are unnecessarily sentenced to death before being acquitted or commuted, the next step would be to analyse and document the manner in which the ‘rarest of rare’ doctrine has broken down at the level of the trial courts. On that account, the project focuses on analysing death penalty cases from the states of Maharashtra, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka over a 15 year period of 2000-2015. The duration of the project is 18 (eighteen) months.

Designation:  Project Manager

Job location: New Delhi

Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and will be within the range of Rs. 60,000-Rs.70,000 per month.

Experience: 2 years

Open Position(s) : 1

Candidate requirements:

  • Law Graduate with an LLM degree
  • Devise and implement a project design to ensure that the project is effectively carried out and completed within the grant period
  • Oversee the overall administration of the project, including managing and leading a team of two researchers
  • Demonstrated ability to design and lead a research project in this area of work
  • Relevant research experience or familiarity with criminal proceedings at the trial or appellate levels would be preferable
  • Ability to read/ write/ speak regional Indian languages will be an advantage but is not mandatory

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Designation:  Project Associate

Job location: New Delhi

Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and will be within the range of Rs. 50,000-Rs.60,000 per month.

Open Position(s) : 2

Candidate requirements:

  • Law Graduate with an LLB degree
  • Relevant research experience or familiarity with criminal proceedings at the trial or appellate levels would be preferable
  • Ability to read/ write/ speak regional Indian languages will be an advantage but is not mandatory

Job description:

  • Liaise with District and State Legal Aid Authorities, judges, lawyers, prison authorities, and other institutions to ensure effective implementation of the project
  • Collate trial court, High Court and Supreme Court judgments in death penalty cases for the period 2000-2015
  • Identify core issues within conviction and sentencing practices and analyse them
  • Ensure that all records collected through the project are translated into English, digitised and accessible in the public domain
  • Write and publish the final report
  • Engage with judicial academies, retired and serving judges, parliamentarians and other stakeholders to ensure that our findings are disseminated
  • Develop and implement effective media and outreach strategy after publication of the final report
  • Present the final report and the work of the Centre at appropriate fora K. Any other work that may be necessary to further the aims of the Centre

Please click here to read more about the position of project associate and how to apply.